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Representative Payee for Social Security Benefits

2019-08-26T19:25:04+00:00

The Voice is the e-mail newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance. This installment was written by Martha Brown, a Special Needs Alliance member in St. Louis, Missouri. Martha limits her practice to elder law and special needs law. A Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a Certified Elder Law Attorney, Martha has been designated a Super Lawyer for the last six years. Through her numerous community presentations and continuing legal education presentations, Martha helps attorneys and the public understand and address legal issues concerning the elderly and people with disabilities. Currently Martha is participating in the statewide task force to rewrite the guardianship code in Missouri.

Representative Payee for Social Security Benefits2019-08-26T19:25:04+00:00

Distributions from Special Needs Trusts: In Kind Distributions, Credit Cards, Gift Cards, or Debit Cards

2019-09-27T18:05:04+00:00

The Voice is the e-mail newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance. This installment was written by Special Needs Alliance member Laurie Hanson, a shareholder in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, elder law firm of Long, Reher & Hanson, P.A. The firm's focus is to provide to individuals who are aging or living with disabilities positive strategies to live as independently as possible for as long as possible. Laurie concentrates her practice exclusively in the areas of government benefit eligibility, special needs trusts, trust and public benefit litigation, estate planning, and planning for incapacity. She is the past president of the Elder Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and is repeatedly named a super lawyer in the field of elder law by her peers.

Distributions from Special Needs Trusts: In Kind Distributions, Credit Cards, Gift Cards, or Debit Cards2019-09-27T18:05:04+00:00

Telephone Scams Preying on Vulnerable Adults

2019-07-01T13:56:31+00:00

This installment of the Voice was written by Amos Goodall of the State College, Pennsylvania law firm Goodall & Yurchak, P.C. His practice emphasizes estate planning and implementation for elders, persons with special needs and their families. A member of the Special Needs Alliance and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Amos is also a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel. Amos wrote this article in consultation with Officer Kelly Aston of the State College Bureau of Police Services, State College, Pennsylvania.

Telephone Scams Preying on Vulnerable Adults2019-07-01T13:56:31+00:00

Disabled Military Child Protection Act

2019-09-30T16:18:32+00:00

The Voice is the e-mail newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance. This installment was written by Special Needs Alliance member Kelly A. Thompson. Kelly has been a lawyer for 36 years, practicing law in Arlington, Virginia for the last 20 years. Her clients include many military families, and her practice focuses on planning for individuals with disabilities and the elderly, special needs trusts, trust administration and estate planning.

Disabled Military Child Protection Act2019-09-30T16:18:32+00:00

Medicare Observation Status: Denying Medicare Coverage for Skilled Nursing Home Care

2019-07-01T14:01:15+00:00

This installment of the Voice was written by Linnea J. Levine who is a Certified Elder Law Attorney in Westport, Connecticut. Her law practice (www.linnealevine.com) focuses on elder law, special needs planning and advocacy including guardian and conservator matters, hospital discharge plan issues, public benefits, trusts and estates and probate. Linnea is a past president of the Connecticut chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and currently serves on the chapter's public policy committee.

Medicare Observation Status: Denying Medicare Coverage for Skilled Nursing Home Care2019-07-01T14:01:15+00:00

A Wake up Call for Professional Trustees and Parents

2019-08-28T14:48:42+00:00

This installment of the Voice was written by Special Needs Alliance member Edward V. Wilcenski, a founding partner of the law firm of Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC in Clifton Park, New York. He practices in the areas of special needs planning, elder law, and trust and estate planning and administration. A past president of the Special Needs Alliance, Ed writes and lectures frequently on issues affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.

A Wake up Call for Professional Trustees and Parents2019-08-28T14:48:42+00:00

The ABLE Act – A New Tool for Special Needs Planning

2019-08-28T14:50:15+00:00

This installment of the Voice was written by Robert B. Fleming. Robert is a partner in Fleming & Curti, PLC, a Tucson law firm focusing on special needs planning, trust administration, guardianship/conservatorship and estate planning. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and also of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He has been a member of the Special Needs Alliance since its founding, and was one of the original co-authors of the SNA's Handbook for Trustees, the free online guide to managing special needs trusts.

The ABLE Act – A New Tool for Special Needs Planning2019-08-28T14:50:15+00:00

Bullying of the Special Needs Child and What Parents Can Do

2019-08-28T14:51:53+00:00

The Voice is the e-mail newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance. This installment was written by Special Needs Alliance member Amy C. O'Hara and her co-author, Marion Walsh. Amy is a partner with the New York law firm Littman Krooks LLP, specializing in special needs planning, guardianships, elder law, estate planning and administration, and personal injury settlement consulting. Marion is an attorney with Littman Krooks LLP who focuses her practice on special and general education advocacy. Marion has worked in education law for over 15 years and has been an advocate for children in many capacities. She is a graduate of NYU Law School.

Bullying of the Special Needs Child and What Parents Can Do2019-08-28T14:51:53+00:00

Recommended Books for the Special Needs Community

2019-08-26T19:05:34+00:00

The Voice is the e-mail newsletter of The Special Needs Alliance. This installment was written by Special Needs Alliance member Laurie Hanson, a shareholder in the Minneapolis, Minnesota elder law firm of Long, Reher & Hanson, P.A. The firm's focus is to provide individuals who are aging or living with disabilities positive strategies to live as independently as possible for as long as possible. Laurie concentrates her practice exclusively in the areas of government benefit eligibility, special needs trusts, trust and public benefit litigation, estate planning and planning for incapacity. She is the past president of the Elder Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and is repeatedly named a super lawyer in the field of elder law by her peers.

Recommended Books for the Special Needs Community2019-08-26T19:05:34+00:00

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